Thursday, 30 May 2013

Weaving fabric and couching threads

30th May 2013

I have had a great time today using the fabrics from yesterday's blog.

I used the pale muslin cut into fairly straight lines then tore organza strips and pinned the muslin to some foam then wove the organza strips through the cuts. I then ironed on a very fine vilene to hold the weaving firm for stitching. I chose the twin needle and  Gutterman Sulky thread 4032 and 4030 (pink, mauve variegated) to stitch lengthways then a single needle and paler of the 2 threads for the widthways stitching. I am quite pleased with the overall effect as every other square has a sheen from the organza and the colours are delicate.













Next I used some of the brightly coloured calico and cut wavy lines ready for weaving with 2cm organza ribbon. I love the vibrant colours in this piece. I used a programmed stitch to join lengthways in purple ( I wasn't sure whether to use red)  I didn't stitch widthways as I thought it would look too busy.




















My last play was again with the last piece of dyed calico. Using a variety of coloured and textured threads I couched in red with the zigzag changing the length and width of the stitch. I like the colour and textures in this sample.